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From Science to Business: Preparing Female Scientists and Engineers for Successful Transition into Entrepreneurship

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Project Scope
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Reports
Ad-hoc Committee
Staff
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Project Scope

An ad hoc committee, under the auspices of the standing Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine (CWSEM) convened a workshop to examine career transitions from academic science and engineering to entrepreneurship in the lives of female students and professionals and to identify specific skill sets necessary for them to become successful in the business world. The workshop featured invited presentations and discussions that provided a broad overview of the status of women in entrepreneurship, with a specific focus on identifying knowledge gaps in women's skills and experiences crucial to future success in business and critical for achieving leadership positions in entrepreneurial organizations. The summary was designed to disseminate the results of the workshop to a broad audience of women interested in learning how to successfully transition from science to business and gain the necessary skills to succeed in their entrepreneurial endeavors in all sectors. An individually-authored workshop summary was also published.

Meetings & Events

From Science to Business: Preparing Female Scientists and Engineers for Successful Transition into Entrepreneurship
August 31 – September 1, 2009 | Beckman Center, Irvine, California Event Information

The workshop examined career transitions from science and engineering to entrepreneurship in the lives of women professionals and to identify specific skill sets necessary for them to become successful in the business world. The workshop featured invited presentations and discussion that gave a broad overview of the status of women in entrepreneurship, with a specific focus on identifying knowledge gaps in women’s skills and experiences crucial to future success in business and critical for achieving leadership positions in entrepreneurial organizations.  A workshop summary has been published and can be found below, under Reports.

Reports

Entrepreneurship Report CoverFrom Science to Business: Preparing Female Scientists and Engineers for Successful Transitions into Entrepreneurship: Summary of a Workshop (2012)
This report is the summary of an August 2009 workshop that assesses the current status of women undertaking entrepreneurial activity in technical fields, to better understand the nature of the barriers they encounter, and to identify what it takes for women scientists and engineers to succeed as entrepreneurs. This report focuses on women's career transitions from academic science and engineering to entrepreneurship, with a goal of identifying knowledge gaps in women's skills as well as experiences crucial to future success in business and critical for achieving leadership positions in entrepreneurial organizations. From Science to Business makes the case that in addition to educating women scientists and engineers in rigorous problem solving, it is equally important to provide exposure and training to impart the skills that will enable more women to move from the role of expert to that of leader in dynamic new business enterprises. This book will be of interest to professionals in both academia and industry, graduate and post-graduate students, and organizations that advocate for a stronger economy. View more information at the National Academies Press website.

Ad-hoc Committee

Lilian Wu, Chair, Program Executive, Global University Relations, IBM
Allan Fisher, Vice President, Laureate Education, Inc.
Lydia Villa-Komaroff, Chief Scientific Officer, Cytonome/ST, LLC
Susan Wessler (NAS), Distinguished Professor of Genetics, University of California, Riverside
Alice Agogino (NAE), Roscoe and Elizabeth Hughes Professor of Mechanical Engineering,University of California, Berkeley
Sheldon Schuster, President, Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Science

Staff

Catherine Didion, Study Director
Wei Jing, Research Associate
Victoria Gunderson, Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Fellow

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